Analysis of Octavia E. Butler's Kindred Essay

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The book follows Dana who is thrown back in time to live in a plantation during the height of slavery. The story in part explores slavery through the eye of an observer. Dana and even Kevin may have been living in the past, but they were not active members. Initially, they were just strangers who seemed to have just landed in to an ongoing play. As Dana puts it, they "were observers watching a show. We were watching history happen around us. And we were actors." (Page 98). The author creates a scenario where a woman from modern times finds herself thrust into slavery by account of her being in a period where blacks could never be anything else but slaves. The author draws a picture of two parallel times. From this parallel setting based …show more content…
They were workers that no one could hire on a long term basis therefore they were best suited for the menial labour that others could not do. The people who got these kinds of jobs needed an overseer to check that they were doing the job right. It was up to Dana to countercheck that the workers put in the right number of items into the marked boxes "I had a habit of showing up every day and of being able to count, so the supervisor decided that zombie or not, I should check the others." (Page 53). Just like in the past, there is complacency where workers in modern times accept their fate as low paid earners. That is why each morning they would check in at the agency and wait around for a whole day to get an assignment. Even with the limited number of jobs, they could at least make an effort of canvassing on their own when there were no jobs at the agency.

The only difference with modern day slavery is that it is voluntary. Dana had the chance to get a well paying job while she waited to make it as writer by getting the right education. "My aunt and uncle said I could write in my spare tine if I wanted to," I told him. "Meanwhile, for the real future, I was to take something sensible in school if I expected them to support me. I went from the nursing program into a sectorial major, and from ghere to elementary education." (Page 56). However, she clearly opted to work the
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